City Council defers on strengthened event-permitting ordinance
The Daily Progress Wednesday, January 03, 2018 at 7 p.m.
The Charlottesville City Council on Tuesday delayed a vote that would codify a set of event-permitting rules approved last month by City Manager Maurice Jones.
After a few people expressed concern about a proposed ordinance during a public hearing, the city announced a plan to hold a public work session before March to fine-tune it with additional input from the community.
The proposed ordinance is the product of collaboration between the city’s attorneys and lawyers from the law firm K & L Gates, which offered the city pro-bono assistance following the Aug. 12 Unite the Right rally, which saw violent clashes between battle-ready white nationalists and anti-racism counter-protesters.
Though Jones already approved changes to the city’s operating procedures, the ordinance would give the city an “enforcement mechanism” in case of violations, according to a staff report.
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